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Descartes announces latest releases to delivery management products and global logistics network suites

WATERLOO, ON- The Descartes Systems Group Inc. has made new enhancements to its Delivery Management(TM) and Global Logistics Network(TM) (GLN) suites. The new releases offer customers of Descartes’ solutions for fleet management, contract carrier management, visibility and event management, logistics messaging and rate management the opportunity to further leverage and extend the value of their existing investments in Descartes’ solutions, the company says.

“We have continued to make significant investments in solution development over the past year,” said Arthur Mesher, CEO of Descartes. “Our customers are telling us that they want a single logistics technology partner with a broad solution footprint and domain expertise,” he said.

The latest releases in the Descartes Delivery Management suite aim to provide users with enhanced scalability and role-based access control across the entire solutions suite. Additionally, several products have been given new features and enhancements: Descartes Sales and Territory Planner(TM) has an expanded set of algorithms to generate more geographically compact territories, Descartes Reservations(TM) features improved response times and more robust modeling capabilities to address a wider range of operational situations and restrictions; Descartes Route Planner(TM) contains enhanced visualization and user interface control options to improve ease-of-use and manage user access across the enterprise; Descartes Route Planner RS(TM) offers route solutions that now consider key performance indicators (KPIs) such as stops-per-hour and pounds-per- mile to ensure routes are consistent with company performance goals; Descartes Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL)(TM) is enhanced to offer light dispatch features for work assignment and route edits, and has extended views to enhance the productivity of customer service representatives; and Descartes MobileLink(TM) now covers a wider array of mobile workforce applications and allows enterprises to pass more types of information to and from handheld devices.

The new GPS-enabled Descartes MobileLink Tracker (TM) allows logistics operations to track their pick-ups and deliveries without requiring driver intervention; Descartes Transportation Manager(TM) offers improved load optimization performance and addresses a broader range of market requirements, such as support for fuel surcharges for logistics services providers and support for RosettaNet for high-tech and electronics supply chains; Descartes Visibility & Event Management (TM) has been enhanced to improve problem alerting and documentation, and facilitate collaboration in resolving supply chain problems; and Descartes Reporting Services(TM), first announced on August 3, 2005, has been further enhanced to allow customers to mine all types of supply chain data and more easily display it through a dashboard.

In addition, in August 2005, Descartes introduced Descartes KPI Metrics(TM), a performance management solution that works with the other products in the Descartes Delivery Management suite and is designed to help companies make better short-term supply chain decisions based on cost, time and availability considerations.

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